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Q1 2017 WIRA NOAA Update

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Q1 2017 WIRA NOAA Update

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Q1 2017 WIRA NOAA Update

  1. 1. NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) 1 Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station
  2. 2. Three Observation Points NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) 2 N S Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites N S Each satellite covers the Earth twice per day Pole-to-pole orbit is 102 minutes and views each location at the same time of day Global coverage every 12 hours with one satellite EUMETSAT in the mid-morning orbit; NOAA in the early afternoon orbit Continuous monitoring of the Americas Same geographic image over time Full image every 30 minutes and Northern Hemisphere images every 15 minutes Usable images between 60oN and 60oS Deep Space at Lagrange 1 Point Continuous monitors the surface of the Sun Uninterrupted view of the sun Located ~1 million miles from Earth, at the Lagrange Point 1 position of the Sun-Earth system ~1 million Miles
  3. 3. 2011 Irene Forecast Irene “2001” Forecast 3 Building on 10+ years of Forecast Improvement NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)
  4. 4. 4NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) Deepwater Horizon Montage of 2010 Hurricane Season Satellite-tagged Dolphin DART Tsunami Buoy Coral Reef Watch El Nino signature Abby Sunderland Harmful Algal Bloom Ozone Hole Supporting NOAA’s Mission Snow & Ice Chart AVHRR Composite Stream gage GOES SXI image
  5. 5. NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) 5 Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station Station Facts Facility dedicated on: June 22, 1966 Number of Buildings and Square Footage: 7 Buildings with 48,662 sq. ft. Number of Antennas: 16 Workforce: 67 Civil Servant FTE Annual Funding (NOAA Appropriations): $9.67M
  6. 6. NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) 6 Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station Missions Supported Geostationary Satellites (GOES) Polar-Orbiting Satellites (POES; Suomi NPP) Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) Jason–2 & 3 Altimetry Satellite COSMIC-2 Radio Occultation Meteosat Second Generations (MSG) Metop Data Collection System (DCS)
  7. 7. GOES-R Launch Commitment Date* 1Q FY 2017 Program Architecture 4 Satellites (GOES-R, S, T & U) 10 year operational design life for each spacecraft Program Operational Life FY 2017 – FY 2036 Program Life-cycle $10.829 billion GOES-R Series Overview 7NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) *Launch Commitment Date based on FY 2017 President’s Budget Request * Benefits Maintains continuity of weather observations and critical environmental data from geostationary orbit Provides faster scanning of entire hemisphere while simultaneously observing individual storms, improving hurricane tracking, aviation flight route planning, air quality warnings and fire detection Provides a new lightning mapping capability for improved warning lead time for severe storms and tornadoes, allowing time to protect lives and property Provides improved warning of solar events to minimize impact to communications, navigation systems, power grids and satellites in orbit
  8. 8. Visual & IR Imagery Lightning Mapping Space Weather Monitoring Solar Imaging Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) Magnetometer Extreme UV/X-Ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) Terrestrial Weather Solar Weather Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) Solar Ultra-Violet Imager (SUVI) 8  Key for “nowcasting” out to 3 days  Improves hurricane track & intensity forecasts  Increases thunderstorm & tornado warning lead time  Improves aviation flight route planning  Data for long-term climate variability studies  Improves solar flare warnings for communications and navigation disruptions  More accurate monitoring of energetic particles responsible for radiation hazards to humans and spacecraft  Better monitoring of Coronal Mass Ejections to improve geomagnetic storm forecasting GOES-R Instruments NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

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